Charity shops threatened by rise of tip shops where shoppers rummage through

Dr, Adam Reed, external affairs director at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK, added: “We have been operating an increasing number of very successful not-for-profit second-hand shops at some recycling centres, particularly in Surrey. So called “tip-shops” enable products that aren’t broken to be kept out of the waste stream so others can purchase them at affordable prices.and ensure materials remain as resources not waste.” Shops selling items which have been dumped in rubbish bins and skips are gaining popularity and are threatening to steal business from charity shops.So called “tip shops” have seen a spike in sales and are now selling hundreds of thousands of items, as consumers are increasingly enticed by a surprising array of bargains and ultra cheap prices.It comes amid criticism that some charity shops are becoming too expensive and are rejecting mountains of cheaper items because they are “too full”. Partly as a result of this around 235 million garments of clothing were sent to landfill last year, according to a report.   Tip shops resell high quality abandoned goods from children’s toys to televisions, and miscellaneous items like canoes. Collectively they prevent up to 20 tonnes of goods a month from entering landfill sites.It comes after Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, last month suggested there should be a change in rules at council recycling centres so people could recover valuables.  Saffron Doney, a volunteer manager at tip shop, Wastesavers Reuse, said: “People love the idea of a tip shop. It’s an Aladdin’s cave, you don’t know what treasure you’re going to find.”Simon Ellin, CEO of the Recycling Association, said: “There used to be a lot more of these Council run shops, but mostly due to budget cuts, many disappeared post 2008. The recent focus on recycling and resource efficiency has made national and local politicians look at our industry more carefully.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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